Will job seekers have the upper hand post-Brexit?

While the country takes a timeout from Brexit to decide who will govern the UK through the process of leaving the EU, the impact of last June’s referendum result on employers apparently continues. As we continue to see newspaper articles about European businesses and citizens getting ready to leave the country, new research has been published by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the professional


Can your managers manage … workflow?

In this semi-regular Can Your Managers Manage … series, we’ve talked about managing performance but how about just managing the work? It’s easy to focus on other, more people-focused issues such as feedback, motivation, and dealing with conflict and take the workflow for granted. But it’s a key management skill all the same

Look out for burnout

A new survey from salary benchmarking site Emolument has found that employees earning the least are the most likely to suffer from ‘burnout’ at work. In fact, a whopping 92% of those earning under £20,000 per year said they had actually experienced burnout. And although there are undoubtedly stresses in higher management and leadership roles (as they say, it’s tough at the top) the further up the salary scale respondents were, the less likely they were to feel burntout. What do

Leadership – are we seeing any?

In just six weeks’ time, we go the polls for a rather unexpected general election. Some are saying it’s all about leadership – as in who will lead the country best through the turbulence ahead (i.e. Brexit) – and certainly the focus on the leaders of the various political parties is intense. As to the leadership qualities of those heading up the two main parties – that’s Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, in case you’re living in a cave without internet access – opinion is unsurprisingly divided although it’s fair to say that neither are receiving compliments from anyone except their own

Can your managers manage … conflict?

Conflict is inevitable. If you don’t believe that, take a look at the news headlines, or cast your mind back to your last family reunion. Alongside our undeniable capacity for greatness, as a species we can also be petty, vindictive, small-minded, and most of all, unforgiving of those who disagree with us. If that all sounds rather bleak then take comfort in the fact that conflict can also be the engine that drives a truly creative and thriving business. What is conflict? A definition always helps. How about this one? Conflict is… …a

The importance of resilience

It’s not really news to say that UK-based businesses are facing high levels of uncertainty. Article 50 may have been triggered but while the press froth about sideshows like Gibraltar (sorry, Gibraltar!) the reality is that we’re hearing little to nothing about exactly how the government plans to support the UK’s international trade situation (and the Foreign Minister’s glib comments are hardly reassuring). So, as businesses ponder the prospect of

Employee engagement

According to the CIPD’s latest Employee Outlook survey (from autumn 2016), the UK workforce remains more than a little unengaged with its work. The CIPD looked at four key engagement factors: how much influence people have over their own job, how well they feel their skills are used, how motivated they feel, and their willingness to put in extra effort. If we average out these four results to get a crude overall engagement score, only 30% of workers feel ‘engaged’ (it’s worth noting that